Bright and inspiring, the Aurea Residence, designed by Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture in Magnolia, one of Seattle’s neighbourhoods, USA, spreads over 3,300 square meters. This contemporary house is divided in four different structures. Each of these structures offers zen relaxing views over the Japanese rock garden, perceived as an internal courtyard, a private centre that floods all the four living spaces with light.
The house is well organised on three levels, with the ground floor accommodating the master bedroom with separate bathrooms and a garage, where can be deposited two cars, the second floor housing two (guest) bedrooms and an airy living room with an open roof deck, really inspirational and fun, for social gatherings or family reunions. The third floor recreates a small universe for the kids. The house offers a large amount of privacy, without obstructing the sunlight during daytime. The upper floors favour stunning views over the site creating a calm atmosphere. That’s exactly what one needs, after a hard day at work.
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.